Driftwood crafts made from roots and boards from shipwrecks tossed about in the ocean or in fresh water lakes and rivers are unique and full of character.
The weathering that takes place as tides wash up the flotsam and jetsam onto the sand and beach stones, then back out again gives driftwood a patina that is hard to emulate.
Sandblasting can give a similar look, but the silvery colour of a truly genuine piece of driftwood can’t be copied.
Using some of the driftwood found on far away trips and holidays for crafts gives your memories a true home.
Beach combing for driftwood is a soul deep experience that will stick with you. I love the smell of the ocean, the texture of the sand and pebbles, and finding some treasures to take home only makes that time even more precious and memorable.
Some areas to visit that have very good potential for driftwood gathering are in the Gulf Islands of Georgia Strait.
This driftwood is given a real going over with so many of the rocky coastlines and wooded areas contributing their roots and trees to the maelstrom.
The incessant pounding of tides and storms gives this type of driftwood the required patina and weathering, making it silky smooth and silver grey.
If you collect weathered roots and things from salt water, rinse them off in fresh water to remove the excess salt before using them.
Other ways to use your collected driftwood is gluing it onto bird houses to create a pattern, like this one below;
The smooth polished surface of driftwood emulates the look of muscles. Horses make a perfect model to show this in action; Heather Jansch made this one;
Finding the perfect spot for those oddly shaped pieces is like putting together a puzzle; note the ear, and the pieces of driftwood shaping the eye of the horse, and the nostril.
Stack the pieces to make some ephemeral garden art. It doesn't have to live forever, just give you joy in the short term.